Staff Pick

This is a book to read and re-read.In Tom Gauld’s Mooncop space may be the final frontier but the moon certainly isn’t. In fact the prospects on the lunar colony are so dismal that the inhabitants are literally packing up shop and returning to Earth. As you can imagine this leaves our hero Mooncop with not a lot to do. But, like the ancient lineage of heroes before him, he persists! He goes about his day, fulfilling his responsibilities as best he can, while the agents of progress not so much close in around him as just up and leave. This is a quietly hilarious story about a man who didn’t mean to be left behind but who keeps clocking in at work anyway because hey, what else are you going to do? If you’re looking to have a laugh at the absurdity of it all, then Mooncop, with its perfect artwork to match, is for you. 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

Staff Pick

The basic premise will be familiar to readers and movie-goers the world over: a band of disparate characters comes together, overcomes long odds to find common cause, and sets off on epic adventures to achieve greatness as a unified force. From The Lord of the Rings to The Magnificent Seven and The Guardians of the Galaxy, this trope has been used with great effect. The story Ben MacIntyre tells in Rogue Heroes (Crown, $28) is just such a tale but with an added enticement: it is all completely true. MacIntyre expertly charts a pulse-raising narrative about the formation of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), a now legendary special operations unit, during World War II. Filled with striking characters like SAS-founder David Stirling, a man once described as being “quite, quite irresponsible,” to Jock Lewes, Stirling’s second recruit and someone who struck his peers as resembling a warrior from a bygone era, the heroism and shortcomings of this group are as amazing and astonishing as those in any fictional thriller. On their very first mission, for example, SAS recruits had to parachute behind enemy lines, during a gale-force storm—with essentially zero parachuting experience. As SAS Sergeant Jim Almonds wrote, “reality beats fiction for sheer, cold, calculating courage. Films and books of adventure fall far short of the real thing.”

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904169
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Published: Crown - October 4th, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101904183
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Published: Broadway Books - August 29th, 2017

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Are you finding more black cats crossing your path recently? Do you feel a ghostly presence whenever you’re alone in a room? In the mood for a terrific novel this All Hallows Eve? Look no further than The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue. Initially set in Quebec City, this modern retelling of the Orpheus myth finds newlyweds Kay and Theo enjoying their stay in Canada when tragedy strikes. Late one night Kay vanishes without a trace. The story diverges, leaving you to follow Kay as she comes to terms with the new and frightening reality of being trapped as a puppet, all the while Theo tries to string together the evidence to uncover what happened to her. A strangely beautiful, compelling fantasy that will leave you wondering what it is exactly that goes bump in the night.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250057181
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Published: Picador - October 4th, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250141194
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Published: Picador - October 3rd, 2017

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